Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’
Evergreen, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen
Graceful, arching branches densely clothed with oval, usually glossy leaves 1/2–1 1/2 inches long; bronzy new growth. Tubular or bell-shaped flowers in clusters at ends of branches or among leaves. Though small, blossoms are plentiful enough to be showy, mostly during summer and early fall. When blooms drop, they usually leave purplish or copper-colored sepals that provide color into the fall months. Leaves also may take on bronzy tints in fall.
To keep the shrub’s graceful form, prune selectively; don’t shear. The more stems you cut to the ground in winter or early spring, the more open and arching next year’s growth will be. Abelias are adaptable plants, useful in shrub borders, as space dividers and visual barriers, and near house walls; lower kinds are good bank or ground covers.
Less hardy, lacier, and more compact (to 3–5 ft. tall and wide) than A. X grandiflora. Bears small lilac pink flowers with orange throats.
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